The Sentencing Council has recently published new guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who are in breach of a court order. The guidelines provide a clear approach which will mean a tightening up of the way courts deal with offenders who have not complied with a wide range of orders such as suspended sentence orders, community orders, restraining orders...Read More
Many defendants who appear in the Magistrates Court receive a fine, particularly for road traffic offences. In the Crown Court, while a fine is not the most common punishment meted out, when they are imposed they tend to be very large.
Do I have to pay the fine all at once?
Sometimes a court will order full payment (and may give a period of time for this to be completed), but in many cases,...Read More